Cake Stands

Cake Stands

Elevate any dish to a
new level

By Michele Foley

Whether it’s a wedding or a birthday, chances are you’ve got a special cake to go with the celebration. Give it a proper stage on one of these pedestals. You can also use a cake stand to turn an ordinary breakfast into an event by covering one with scones and muffins.

SIGNATURE NOW & THEN CAKE STAND, $25

Made of earthenware and done in the style of "shabby chic," this stand comes in seven colors—from olive to goldenrod—and is dishwasher safe.

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LARGE HOBNAIL GLASS CAKE PLATE, $30

During the early 20th century, milk glass was known as the poor man’s porcelain. Today it’s a collectible, and L.E. Smith’s original hobnail (a classic design with a raised dot pattern) is no exception. Last manufactured in the 1960s, these hand-molded stands are now back in production due to overwhelming demand.

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ROSANNA SKIRTED AND SCALLOPED PEDESTALS, $30–$35

These stands—made of stoneware and dishwasher safe—would be right at home in both a Baroque setting next to gold flatware or at your next goth party.

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PRETTY IN PINK CERAMIC CAKE STAND, $32.95

We think this low-standing pedestal would be perfect for holding cupcakes.

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POTLUCK STUDIOS RUFFLED CAKE STAND, $35–$55

It’s no surprise that this stand comes from a line called Flirt. But it isn't just about good looks: All ceramics from Potluck Studios are made with nontoxic glazes.

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PEDESTAL CAKE PLATTER, $36.95

This stand, reminiscent of highly-sought-after Depression-era glass, comes with a dome to discourage your friends from sampling the frosting.

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CREAM CAKE STAND, $64.99

We love the cutouts along the border of this pedestal: They make it look like a modern doily. Others will like the Victorian-style dome, which could almost double as the cake itself.

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SQUARE CAKE STAND, $68–$89

The shape of this earthenware stand—made in Italy—adds a twist to any tabletop but still works nicely with round cakes.

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EVE MEDIUM CAKE STAND, $150

Juliska’s glass pieces are mouth-blown at a site just outside Prague, a process that makes for a delicate, one-of-a-kind product. This stand is also lead free, and must be hand washed.

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BIJOUX CAKE STANDS, $180–$300

All the stands from Clara French Ceramiques are made to order in the loveliest Easter egg palette imaginable. And if you can’t afford the hefty price tag, don’t worry: The two sisters who run the studio will rent out the cake stands for $50 to $100 per week.

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Michele Foley is an associate editor at CHOW.